Fireplace Pilot Problem


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Old 12-02-03, 12:06 PM
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Angry pilot light wont stay lit

I have a Waterford gas insert. It's only 6 yrs old. Last year the pilot light want out a couple of times. I didnt really think much of it at the time. Since we fired it up a few weeks ago it has gotten steadily worse. Now it goes out each time the flame is shut off after heating.
Help..........It gets cold during the night. Real cold when I have to get up and relite the damn thing. help........
 
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Old 12-02-03, 04:20 PM
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Hello treville. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Most problems with gas log appliances can be easily corrected simply by cleaning out the pilot assembly with a brust of compressed canned air.

The pilot assembly will have 2 flames. One will encircle the pilot generators element and the other will be a pointed flame facing over the burner. Both pilot flames must be all blue in color. There should not be any yellow color in either of the pilot flames.

Use a can of compressed air, same type used to clean computer keyboards, to blow out the lint and dust in the pilot assembly.

The flexible plastic tube that comes with the can makes it easy to reach hard to reach places too. Be sure to also blow out the intake air holes just prior to the pilot flame. They are usually located just after the tubing nut and before the pilot assembly.

After doing so, retry the results.

If the pilot flames continues to turn off or the appliances main burner does not turn on, either the pilot assembly is still dirty and or the pilot generator will have to be replaced.

The element end of a pilot generator looks similar to that of a thermocouple, except the element end is larger. It is installed in the pilot assembly and the pilot flames encircle the element.

A pilot generator for a gas log appliance can be identified as having two wire leads extending from the element end. These 2 wires leads, are usually attached directly to the body of the gas valve with small screws.

Pilot generators come in several sizes. When replacing a pilot generator on any gas appliance, it is adviseable to take the existing part to the local appliance part store and replace it with an identical replacement part.

It's also possible the magneto head, contained within the body of the gas valve, is defective. The gas valves entire assembly is non repairable. If tested and determined to be defective by the appliance parts person, replacement is the only option.

All newer model gas logs also have a heat sensitive safety device located at the top of the burning compartment near the flue. This device is usually round in shape, has two wires attached to it, with two oval ears containing two tiny screws used to secure it to the metal frame of the firebox.

Most likely but not always, simply cleaning the pilot assembly or replacing the Pilot Generator resolves the problem of pilot outage.

An excellent source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Appliance parts dealers test and carry replacement parts for all appliances. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Retail fireplace parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers if you stop in at the store.

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Old 12-05-03, 11:00 AM
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Im on it.....thanks for your help. I'll let you know how it goes.
 
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Old 12-06-03, 04:40 AM
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Hi: treville

Yes. Kindly do so. Post back the results so everyone reading this thread can and will learn from your findings and experiences. Sharing is how we all learn....

Post back the findings, steps taken to correct the condition and include any parts used. The more information you post back, the more valuable the information will be to all concerned parties.
 
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Old 12-07-03, 07:57 PM
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I damn near had to dis-assemble the whole stove to get at the pilot assembly. There was an obvious crack in the pilot generator. Took the old one in, compared to new, purchased new, reassembled stove. Not really difficult, just time consuming. And with your help and advice it was kinda fun. Thanks
 
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Old 12-07-03, 09:14 PM
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Hello Again treville

Thanks for the update. Glad you had success fixing the unit too. Not all that difficult but it is time consuming.

Figure the hourly cost and pay yourself...

Job well done and you Did It Yourself.

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